Resident Evil 5 And DmC Devil May Cry Are Still Selling

By Ishaan . February 10, 2014 . 11:07am

Capcom’s most recent games, Monster Hunter 4 and Dead Rising 3, are doing well for the company, having moved 4 million and 1 million copies respectively. That said, while it is important for new games to sell well, it’s just as important for the older ones to continue selling and reaching out to more and more people.


In this regard, a number of Capcom’s titles have been doing reasonably well. For instance, back in October, we reported that Resident Evil 5 was Capcom’s highest-selling game ever, and had moved 6.5 million copies worldwide. Since then, it has sold another 100,000 copies, and is now at 6.6 million worldwide, as of December 31st, 2013.


Meanwhile, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has continued to sell over the past year, too. Back in October, the game was at 2.2 millon copies sold. That figure has increased to 2.3 million as of December 31st, which means 3 Ultimate sold another 100,000 in three months. One would imagine that the majority of those sales came from the west, since Japan has been busy with Monster Hunter 4.


Looking to a slightly more recent game, sales of DmC Devil May Cry are at 1.4 million. Back in May, sales of the game were at 1.1 million, so DmC has moved another 300,000 copies since. Finally, sales of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City are at 2.3 million.


[Source: Capcom IR]

  • Zer0faith

    A shame that doing financially well and being as good as they used to be are not interchangeable.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Well they certainly do happen in reserve quite often

  • urbanscholar

    Good to see good games are still selling

  • DesmaX

    Interessing to see DMC still selling. Especially since it was given on PS+ a while back

    • Kurizu208

      there were a lot of sales for it which is probably why

    • LustEnvy

      Some people may try it on PS3, and buy it on PC where it runs at a glorious 60fps. I do that with many games. PS Plus let’s me try, then I buy the best version.

      • Nerdmaster

        Unfortunately I couldn’t do it with Dragon’s Dogma, since Capcom didn’t bother to make a PC version. Console version has horrible clipping, resolution and framerate. It would be so much better on PC…

  • monkey king

    Ofcourse it’s still selling, RE5 is fucking KING.

  • Ouryu

    For DmC, they must have taken in account the free download from PS+.

    • malek86

      I doubt it. It would probably be way higher then.

      Considering May was 9 months ago, it’s not unlikely that the game just sold another 300k copies (especially with stores clearing their existing stock) since then.

    • subsamuel01

      The game is selling at 29.99, so I guess people who were on the fence about the game at full price are picking it up now.

    • Arz

      hmmm does the free games PS+ still get profits?

  • Monterossa

    They need to lift the region lock in Asian Steam and they’ll sell more than that.

  • hng qtr

    I actually bought RE 5 Gold in october and DmC last month.
    I regret buying DmC. Morbid curiosity is a terrible thing.

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    People still buy 8-tracks, too. Doesn’t make it right.

  • abysswalker

    I just hope this means the announcement for DmC Complete Edition comes in a few months

  • Ninjagoon

    If only Capcom gave the same support to their other games as they do their fighting games.

    • hng qtr

      So you want to play Ultra Resident Evil 5 Gold Arcade Turbo Edition with downloadable Dino Crisis characters?

      • Ninjagoon

        I would like them to stay around and support the game. Such as fix bugs and make sure everything works well. And maybe yea, I think it would be nice to have expansion dlc if they can do it. So yes, Ultra Resident Evil 5 Gold Arcade Turbo Edition sounds awesome albeit with a shorter title.

  • Richard N

    I always find it hilarious how much people crap on Operation Raccoon City yet it sold so well.

    Eh, I thought it was fun.

    • Invisbin

      Oh it was

    • Satori Satya

      Do you also find it hilarious that people crap on the Star Wars prequels and yet they did so well at the Box Office?

      • Richard N

        I do because they’re honestly not as bad as people make them out to be.

        • Satori Satya

          That’s the spirit!

        • KnifeAndFork

          How about Twilight, Justin Beiber, and Flappy Bird?

  • I’m still mildly interested in DmC, but I won’t buy it until there’s a cheap Steam package that includes all the DLC, or where the price for it all adds up to ~$10.

    • Kamakuma

      It was free on PSN plus for free but even then I still didn’t want it. XD But really all seriousness… What’s the dlc for it?

      • Kaihedgie

        Costume packs and an extra story campaign for Vergil

      • Narrator 1

        Vergil’s Scenario.
        Alternate costumes for Dante (including his original DMC1 look).
        Alternate skins for his weapons.
        And finally, these things that increase Red Orb gain and beep when you’re near secret keys or bonus rooms.

        • Kamakuma

          Huh I guess that’s more than I expected but meh I can go without those. Anyway thanks for the info x’3

  • neo_firenze

    Number of copies really doesn’t tell the whole story. How many of these additional sales were from stuff like Steam sales offering MASSIVELY slashed prices? I mean, it’s something – certainly better for Capcom to make a tiny amount of money on an older game than to make nothing at all after forgetting the title after its launch window (and that’s an encouraging message to send to publishers). But let’s not assume too much about these games’ longevity just because of PR spin from Capcom that conveniently ignores the reasons for these sales.

    Part of this is also inherent in online sales. In the older generations, when someone wanted to pick up an older game it was probably already out of print and maybe unavailable new, so they’d have no option other than to buy used (or at the very least, new copies in stores’ physical inventory that had already been counted by the publisher as a sale to the retailer). Good illustration of why publishers are so interested in selling downloadable games instead of physical copies, and it’s not necessarily bad for gamers either (I’m much happier to have a convenient way to buy a game I missed out on as opposed to risking it becoming rare and being gouged for a used copy. See: Suikoden II, any older Atlus release, etc.).

    • But let’s not assume too much about these games’ longevity just because of PR spin from Capcom that conveniently ignores the reasons for these sales.

      How is this unique to Capcom? Virtually every publisher’s back-catalogue drops in price over the years. Are you deliberately trying to go out of your way to make it look bad?

      • neo_firenze

        There’s a BIG difference in a console/portable game dropping in price over time versus games on Steam getting 70%-90% off sales. PC versions of DmC and RE5 (which I assume are lumped into Capcom’s sales numbers even though most people probably think of the PS3/360 versions as the main platforms) were selling for something like $5-$10 during the biggest Steam discounts. That’s pure impulse buy territory, and really more a reflection of extreme price cuts than anything Capcom did in a game design sense to make the games somehow more appealing to generate continued sales over time.

        It’s CLEARLY very different than a typical example of a “long tail” console game like, say, a Mario Kart or Pokemon title selling well at near original MSRP for months/years.

        And again, I don’t think it’s a BAD thing, just maybe a little misleading. I’m sure Capcom would rather make $5 off an old game than $0 and no sale at all. And the biggest benefit to gamers from downloading games is not having to deal with scarcity of physical copies and gouging on the second hand market.

  • RE5 still has time to be Steamworks I know they will likely do the change and add the bonus Gold Edition goodies to it.

  • hazelnut1112

    People buying Devil may Cry: Devil May Cry

    • LustEnvy

      Because it’s a fantastic game, especially on PC. “LOL”

      • Ether101

        Right, all that racism and ripping off better games sure is swell.

      • hazelnut1112

        No, not really. If it were its own game it would still be pretty average. As a DEvil May Cry title it’s pretty terrible.

        • LustEnvy

          As as Devil May Cry game, its the 2nd best game after DMC3. Fans butthurt that it isnt classic Dante is the only argument they ever have. New Dante is a lot more believable and dimensional than old Dante, which was cool and perfect at all times, with no real character development. Old DMC games have horrible plots, with DMC3 being the only one with half a decent story after DMC. So your opinion is full of holes.

          As much a fan as I am of old Dante, he’s simply an infallible caricature. New Dante is flawed, but more human than old Dante ever was.

          • KazukiNanbu

            this is what they mean with “mixed reception”, you like the game, he doesn’t, i personaly think that the game is ok but nothing special and the new dante is forgetable is not as charismatic as the old Dante but that is my opinion

          • hazelnut1112

            The writing is terrible, just a ripoff from “They Live”. The characters are one dimensional as hell and barely improve within the story of the game. Nothing I saw when playing the game really reminded me of Devil May Cry, only resemblance were the names of the characters and that’s it. PLus the new Dante just seems like a tryhard character, nothing was even remotely good being a Devil May Cry title. Everything was terrible, but if it was its own game it would have been average at best.

          • LustEnvy

            If the new Dante is one dimensional, the old Dante is zero dimensional. Please stop with the butthurt. There was zero, ZERO character development in the old Dante. He was a Marty Stu character. The new Dante had infinite growth in comparison.

            But let’s be real. Had this game been made by the old team, and if Dante had white hair, fans would’ve lapped it up. Its the typical Ninja Theory bias, and hate for change. Let’s call it what it is: people hating that Dante has changed.

          • hazelnut1112

            Sure buddy, you’re the one that replied seriously with the comment I made. Get some lube man.

          • hng qtr

            Yeah, it’s not like the dumbed down combat system, removal of lock on, retarded control scheme, poor and unecessary platforming segments, uninteresting boss fights, lack of difficulty, unbalanced weapons and lower framerate had anything to do with the lukewarm reception of the game…

          • LustEnvy

            Dumbed down combat system? No. Different? Yes. They altered the way you change weapons leading a whole new set of possibilities not found on the older versions. Different game in that aspect. The combat system is as dumb as the skill of the person playing it.

            Removal of lock on, I agree. That was a poor choice. No denial there.

            Unnecessary platforming segments? Oh gee, because that has NEVER happened in every other DMC game… now you’re reaching for things to complain about when all the games had the same problems.

            Uninteresting boss fights… your opinion. They were dramatically varied. Boss fights were a strength as with every DMC game that isn’t 2.

            Unbalanced weapons… because the OTHER DMCs didn’t have clearly better weapons than others? Again, bitching about problems all DMC games have.

            Lower framerate? Play the PC version. It’s as beautifully fluid as all the other DMCs, and better looking. Blame the framerate cap on the extra details and the lack of horsepower on the PS3/360 and it’s inability to reach 60fps consistently. Again, not a game problem. However, I do agree, that 60fps should’ve been a target in the first place, even if graphic detail were to be compromised.

          • hng qtr

            “They altered the way you change weapons leading a whole new set of possibilities not found on the older versions.”
            I don’t see how. Making the player hold a button instead of pressing it once to change the weapon added nothing to the game, it only made it more uncomfortable to play. And the game also forced the player to use specific meele weapons against quite a bit of enemies.
            “Unnecessary platforming segments? Oh gee, because that has NEVER happened in every other DMC game…”
            Nowhere near as much as in DmC. If it was bad in the other games it is way worse in DmC.
            “Unbalanced weapons… because the OTHER DMCs didn’t have clearly better weapons than others?”
            Again, not as much as in DmC. Why would anyone use Osiris after getting Aquila, for example? It does pretty much everything better, has a much longer reach and stun enemies.
            “Blame the framerate cap on the extra details and the lack of horsepower
            on the PS3/360 and it’s inability to reach 60fps consistently. ”
            Yes, I’m blaming the developer who prioritized visuals over performance despite knowing well the capabilities of the hardware they were developing for.

          • LustEnvy

            Always a whine fest when it comes to DMC. Whine, bawl, complain.

          • hng qtr

            Well, yeah. When people get a new game in a series that wasn’t as good as the previous games they tend to whine. DMC 2 and to a certain extent 4 also get criticism despite having white haired Dante.

          • LustEnvy

            The only DMC better than DMC was DMC3. DMC1 is quite archaic. DMC2 is… well we all know what DMC2 is. DMC4 was a step back from DMC3, though it was still good. DMC was different, more story driven, and just… different. Had it been Capcom’s own team, and white haired Dante, but still the same game, you know damn well the vast majority of complaints wouldn’t exist. It started with a new Dante, and with some fanboy rage, people hunted for any reason to find ANY little minor nitpick to blow out of proportion. That’s just what whiny fanboys do.

          • hng qtr

            “Had it been Capcom’s own team, and white haired Dante, but still the
            same game, you know damn well the vast majority of complaints wouldn’t

          • LustEnvy

            DMC is a MUCH better game than Devil May Cry 2. Try again. 2 somehow made Dante look even more shallow than his typical cool guy, god mode self.

          • hng qtr

            That’s not the point. You keep using that “what if” scenario, but it’s already been proved that just having the original Dante isn’t enough for the fans to approve the game.

          • LustEnvy

            No, but it would’ve drastically cut down on most of the bitching. Like I said, haters are so butthurt about new Dante that they looked at any little reason to complain.

          • hng qtr

            People bitch about DMC 4 and that game had the best combat system in the entire series. And old Dante.
            No matter how you try to spin it DmC isn’t as good as DMC 3 and 4, for reasons I already said above and some more. It also clearly isn’t the game NT wanted it to be due to fan and executive meddling, so it isn’t even different enough to be hard to compare.

  • Repede91

    RE5 being Capcom`s #1 title surprised me. I would have assumed one of the SFII incarnations would be there top title.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    Resident Evil 5 was way better than 6.

  • icecoffemix

    Article forget to mention DMC4 is also still selling.

    • Kamille

      I think DMC4 is out of print. It’s nearly impossible to buy a new copy of the game at this point unless we are talking about the unsold new copies you can find at Amazon going for like 5 US dollars.

      • icecoffemix

        It’s as if digital console copy and Steam don’t exist.

        Anyway, they reported to have sold additional 100K copy of DMC4 on their latest report. Inching it closer to 4M LTD.

  • Volta

    Whats wrong with people? I dont get it…

  • Göran Isacson

    Question- they say that Operation Raccoon City has sold 2.3 million, but how many copies has it sold since the last time they measured? This is important because I don’t want that game to have a long tail of suckers buying it for brand name, despite the many reviews out there showing it’s true colors. God that game was dull.

  • David Vargas

    Now this game has officially outsold DMC3, which was initially at 1.3 million copies…
    …making DMC3 officially the worst-selling Devil May Cry game in history.
    But since Devil May Cry’s 2 and 4 lead the series’ sales charts, I think it’s safe to say quantity doesn’t equal quantity.
    Both Devil May Cry 3 and DmC were good franchises on their own feet, though. I found both to be enjoyable.

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